Geekery: American Gods Preview

A look at Shadow, Mr. Wednesday, and some new gods created just for the show.

Neil Gaiman’s classic is coming to Starz next month, and is helmed by Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller and Logan’s Michael Green. For those unfamiliar with the novel here is the official series synopsis from Starz:

The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.  Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

The cast is headed up by Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon. The cast is large and filled with a bunch of big names like Gillian Anderson, Orlando Jones, and Jeremy Davies (as Jesus, no less). USAToday shared photos of few not featured in the trailer over the weekend…

Mr. World (Crispin Glover)

Zorya Vecherrnyaya (Cloris Leachman)

Easter (Kristin Chenoweth)

Vulcan (Corbin Bernsen)

The American Gods SXSW panel from this weekend that included Bryan Fuller and most of the cast:

The 8 episode show premiers April 30th on Starz.

  • rakshasa

    I’m reading this book right now. And it is awesome. This show is a nice surprise for me, and hope they get it right. For now the feeling of the book seems to be captured correctly from what is shown in the trailer)

    • Parthis

      I imagined a much dirtier, bleaker world than the one portrayed in the trailer, but, it’s all there. If it manages half of what the book achieves it should be good.

    • Will Frank

      Make sure you read Anasazi Brothers, when you’re done. It’s a quasi-sequel.

      I also recommend Neverwhere

      • Parthis

        There’s a short story in Trigger Warning too that features Shadow and adds a little.

      • rakshasa

        Hey, thanks for the hints. I read/watched the Sandman comics from Neil, and they were awesome. That’s the reason why I bough American Gods and most likely will give it a read of your recommendations.

    • Shawn

      I read the book a long time ago and it was a great read. I’m pretty excited over this too. It makes me wonder if they’ll follow the book, diverge from it, or do both. Although, the actor who plays Wednesday wouldn’t have been my first choice.

  • euansmith

    Lovejoy as Odin? Julian Glover back in that weird Charlie’s Angels hair do? This could be fun.

  • Sonic tooth

    Loved gaiman as a teen. Despise him now….theres a smugness to his writing I just can’t get past. Actually hang on, I really enjoyed the graveyard book…. but thats about it. Series could be good if its not too cheesy..Anyone else feel the same?

    • JN7

      If you aren’t from the UK, it could be the Anglo in his writing that is turning you off. Not that everything he does is great. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was awful.

      • Sonic tooth

        I’m Irish so I do “get” his style and nuances. I thought the new sandman was awful but the again I don’t think sandman has aged well?

        • Jim Collins

          Sandman early vertigo doesn’t age well.

          Ennis ages well, if you can tolerate him.

          • Sonic tooth

            I likevsome of Ennis stuff…. Alan Moore’s stuff is still as brilliant as ever too

        • JN7

          I don’t think Sandman has aged particularly well, either, and I was a goth. American Gods and Anansi Boys are probably his best work. If you don’t like them, just stop now. =P

          • Sonic tooth

            Was gonna pick up his new Norse mythology book but then I thought to myself ……nah. Bought the woman in black instead. I made the right choice

      • euansmith

        I’m from England, and I find Mr Gaiman a bit twee and by the numbers. He’s a better writer than me, of course, but I’ve read better 😉 Neal Stephenson is a personal big favourite.

        • Sonic tooth

          I suppose to be fair I wouldn’t have heard of a lot of other authorsbooks I like if it wasn’t for gaiman

        • Parthis

          Snow Crash is one of the few novels i’d reach for over American Gods.

        • JN7

          Interesting. I loathe Stephenson, so maybe there’s a disconnect there.

    • uatu13

      Gaiman does enjoy the smell of his own farts a bit too much, though this may be a side-effect of everyone slavering all over him for decades now.

  • Severius_Tolluck

    I read the book to my wife some years ago, but got so busy I didn’t complete it. Then a year and a half ago they mentioned a tv show was coming, sad to say have yet to finish. I got to get on that soon.

    • Parthis

      It’s a wonderful book, and worth your time revisiting i’m sure.

  • sonny2dap .

    I enjoyed ricky whittle as Lincoln in the 100 plus Ian mcshane, worth a watch.